Since Nikola Pekovic took over the starting center spot with his incredibly efficient play on both ends of the floor and a GREAT complement to Kevin Love in the low post as the TWolves' new formidable frontcourt.
Pek was able to take over the starting spot initially because of a string of injuries to Darko (Milicic had about 3 or 4 different minor injuries that he refused to play through). Nikola got the starting job because of that, but has kept it with his stellar play.
Darko Milicic now can't even get off the bench! Last night vs. the San Antonio Spurs, Rick Adelman decided to go with a smaller starting lineup with Kevin Love at center and Derrick Williams at the power forward to match up with the Spurs' frontcourt: Tim Duncan & DeJuan Blair. Milicic was also inactive for Monday's W over the Golden State Warriors. He did start vs. Sacrmento to match up with DeMarcus Cousins, but only played the first six minutes before moving back to the bench. He recieved DNP-CD's (did not play-coaches decision) in the two games before that and was inactive for the game before that.
Rick Adelman said following Wednesday's loss, "He hasn't done anything to really give you a lot of faith that he's going to go out and do the job. He's gotten himself out of shape," Adelman said about Milicic.
With Nikola Pekovic as the clear future at center for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Darko Milicic-era in Minnesota could officially be over. I would say Darko could easily be an amnesty candidate for Minnesota. With Brad Miller retiring, it's very possible the TWolves will be in the market for a backup center this summer.
I doubt we'll see much of Darko Milicic on the floor for the remainder of this season, here's hoping Nikola Pekovic's ankles are feeling better VERY soon.
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